Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Marathon des Sables on its way

The mother of desert stage races, Marathon des Sables, started for the 23rd time on Sunday. 

According to the runners it's been a tough race with huge dunes - and plenty of hot temperatures around +40C (104 F) of course. 

Stage one was 32 km and stage two 38 km. Today's stage will be 41 km. I bet it won't get any easier for the runners after that.

Among the 820 runners my favorites to win are Marco Olmo, the 59-year-old Italian who has won UTMB twice (12. after stage two) and Ian Sharman from London, England (16.), who holds the current marathon world record dressed as Elvis.

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